What God says in Hebrews 13 should be of interest to every Christian – whether leader or led. To the leader it asks, ‘Have I got my priorities and style right?’ To the led it asks, ‘Allowing for human failings, have I got essentially faithful Biblical leadership?’ It also asks a too infrequently voiced question: ‘What are my responsibilities to my leaders, not just what are theirs to me?’
Peter Toon was a Yorkshireman, an Anglican clergyman, theologian, and church historian. Former librarian of Latimer House in Oxford, curate of St Ebbe’s, and later a tutor at Oak Hill, after a brief spell in County Durham he moved to America and served churches in the United States until almost the end of his life. He was President of the Prayer Book Society in the United States, but eventually returned to England to serve as Priest-in-Charge of a Staffordshire village church. He was widely in demand as a speaker throughout the Commonwealth, Europe, and Asia.
Preaching: A Guidebook for Beginners by Allan Chapple
Where do you start on writing a sermon? Unless beginners have been exposed to good models of preaching, they are often unsure about what to do and how to do it. This book is not meant to cover every aspect of preaching. It is a manual for beginners, drawing on the author’s many years’ experience both in training and in ministry.
Starting from the underlying principles, this book goes on to analyse the process of preaching (discovering and digesting, designing, defining and delivering) and then ways of assessing progress. Each chapter begins with a selection of quotations - sometimes amusing, always thought-provoking, which help engage the reader in the issues.
So, you've signed up for your theological studies; you've weathered the storm of those early weeks of language study; you've coped with your early forays into biblical exegesis; and you've been given a sketch of the history of the early church. There's been some spiritual highs and some frustrating lows. You can see perhaps just the beginnings of the benefits of the process of theological education creeping into your ministry - such precious minutes of it as you can grab, anyway. But sensing a deadline looming, you go to the relevant webpage on your seminary website and discover that a strange beast is lying in wait for you: the theology essay.
How do you write a theology essay?
‘I can only say that from my knowledge of the Bench of Bishops, which is considerable, I think it is inconceivable that any of the Bishops would press an ordination candidate, contrary to his conscience, to wear a stole at his ordination.’ (Archbishop Michael Ramsey in the House of Lords, July 1964)
Although Archbishops Ramsey’s declaration of liberty of conscience for Anglican ordinands may have been true in the 1960s, it is unfortunately not so today. Each year evangelical candidates in dioceses throughout the Church of England find themselves put under pressure to wear stoles at ordination.
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